When college students are of voting age and duly registered at a New Hampshire institution, they should be able to vote in that state; they are as much a part of the Granite State as anyone else. But New Hampshire’s Republican-dominated legislature, in a nakedly partisan move, passed a measure requiring student voters to sign a statement expressing their intention to become permanent residents. Under this measure, students would be expected to change car registrations and drivers’ licenses, among other burdens.
It’s transparently a way to discourage students from voting. Last week, the state Supreme Court effectively blocked the measure for the time being, on the grounds that it is unrealistic to think the case will be settled before the November election.